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Truth Be Told: Personal Storytelling at Gorton Center

A unique storytelling experience curated by Chicago's Scott Whitehair

Day(s): Saturday February 25, 2017
Time(s): 8:00 pm (doors open 7:30)
Location: Stuart Community Room

You've enjoyed personal stories on NPR while sitting at your desk or driving home, but it simply can't compare to the intimate experience of live, face-to-face storytelling. On February 25th, come listen to some of Chicago's top tellers share the heartbreaking, the hilarious, and everything in between at the Gorton Center. We are thrilled to feature multiple Moth Grand Slam winners, nationally known touring legends, award-winning solo artists, and a selection of the city's hottest raconteurs.  Don't miss this new and exciting, cosmopolitan event curated by Chicago's very own Scott Whitehair!  Details and bios below...

This event is sold out. Our next Storytelling event is May 6th in our John & Nancy Hughes theater and you can buy tickets by clicking here:


Please email Ann Wildman at ann@gortoncenter.org to be placed on a wait list as well as a mailing list regarding future Storytelling events. If you have any inquiries, please call 847/810-4113.


8 p.m. showtime/ doors open 7:30 p.m.

cash bar





Scott Whitehair is the producer of This Much Is True, one of Chicago's longest running storytelling series and the creator of Story Lab Chicago. He was recently mentioned in Newsweek and Forbes, and is the director of Do Not Submit, a citywide network of open mics with the goal of creating connection and empathy among neighbors. He has told stories at Steppenwolf Theater, Second City,  The Woodstock Opera House, and on NPR, Sirius XM, and The Risk Podcast. Scott's independent class has been selling out monthly for the last 5 years, and he is in demand as a coach for corporations, non-profits, and individuals. In 2014, he was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Week, headlined by David Sedaris, and recently taught a course at All Hallow's College in Dublin. Scott is on the board of directors for The National Storytelling Network and can be found grilling, napping, or sitting in a sauna during his downtime.    



Diane Kastiel is a writer and performer from Chicago and host of First Person Live, a monthly storytelling show in Naperville, IL. A three-time Moth Story Slam winner, her work has been featured on NPR’s Moth Radio Hour and its podcast as well as live special events for WBEZ, NPR’s Chicago affiliate. Diane has performed stories on stage at the Park West, Victory Gardens, Second City, Mayne Stage, Athenaeum, and Lifeline theaters, and at legendary rock bars Martyr’s and Fitzgerald’s. She’s worked with Story Corps and the Kennedy Forum of Illinois to help people with mental health and substance abuse disorders tell their stories, and is currently working on a project to help people with stigmatized health conditions do the same. By day, Diane is a freelancer writer specializing in the nonprofit sector. She’s also an alumna of The Second City Conservatory, the University of Chicago's Great Books program, and Northwestern University.



A National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award recipient, Beth Horner is a 34-year nationally touring spoken word artist.  Sought after as both a storytelling performance and teaching artist, Beth has performed multiple times at the National Storytelling Festival, for NASA, on Live From National Geographic, for the International Art of Storytelling Festival, the Starlight Educational Foundation of Taiwan and most recently, for Lyrics & Lore: A Weekend with Songwriters & Storytellers at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort (co-sponsored by the International Storytelling Center). She is a former Board Member of the National Storytelling Association, conducted a series of workshops for NASA Engineers and Astrobiologists in California and Washington, D.C., and served as narrative consultant for NASA/Johnson Space Center’s Story Mining project for which she collected the stories of the scientists behind the Apollo Space Missions.




By day Jeremy Schaefer works with Urban Gateways to bring his original storytelling assemblies to enthusiastic audiences of K-5 students.  He also serves as the artistic director of Imagination Theater.  In the evenings he teaches and improvises with Laugh Out Loud Theater, Chicago Improv Productions, The Metropolis Center For the Performing Arts, Mudlark Theater, and Sarah Hall Productions.  He has brought solo shows to the Elgin Fringe Festival and the Indy Fringe Festival, and shared stories at a number of area shows and venues, including This Much Is True, The Acorn, You’re Being Ridiculous, Chicago Solo Theatre, Guts n’ Glory, Serving The Sentence, Is This A Thing?, and more.  He is the co-producer of The Sidesplitter at Laugh Out Loud Chicago.




Nestor Gomez was born in Guatemala and has called Chicago his home for the last twenty five years.  He is a two-time Moth Grand Slam Champion and holds the record for the most Chicago Moth Slam wins. Nestor is currently working on his first novel, and a book of poetry. You can find out more about Nestor at www.nestorgomezstoryteller.com



Archy Jamjun is a storyteller and writer from Chicago.  He has participated in many shows around the city including Essay Fiesta, This Much is True, and OUTspoken!  In 2014, he won The 25th Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest and in 2015 he won The Moth Grand Slam.  He is also an MFA student at Roosevelt University and a server at The Gage.




Sarah Bunger grew up in one of the smallest towns imaginable outside of Dayton, Ohio (think: flashing caution light, a gas station/Subway sandwich shop, and lots and lots of cows). Since moving to the big city nine years ago, she is adjusting to the long winters and nearly complete lack of cows. In addition to teaching English Lit to sophomores and seniors, she hosts two shows: Truth or Lie Reading Series the first Monday of the month and Do Not Submit: Uptown the third Monday of the month. She has been a featured teller at Solo Theatre, Story Sessions, This Much is True and WBEZ's New Year's Eve celebration. She is a two-time Moth Grand Slam Champion and has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and podcast. 




Annalise Raziq is a versatile performer; she has worked with renowned playwright Tony Kushner and also played the back end of a dragon. She sings professionally in a variety of venues, most recently with the Americana band “Annalise and the Backsliders,” and her warm and arresting voice is garnering attention on the Chicago music scene. She is a writer and improviser, and used these skills to help create the show “Sisters Rising” with a group of formerly incarcerated women. Annalise is a three-time Moth Story Slam winner and has had a story featured on public radio’s The Moth Radio Hour (and available on the podcast). She has also told stories for Risk!, Story Jam, This Much Is True, The Truth or Lie Reading Series, and the Boston Palestine Film Festival and the Palestinians Podcast. But by far, her most creative act has been raising her amazing daughter Kalila Holt. If you want to know more, check out annaliseraziq.com






A very special thanks to Pam and David Waud for their support of this event.


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